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Robocide? Self-driving Tesla runs over AI robot in Las Vegas

It’s the first traffic accident of its kind: a self-driving car mows down an autonomous robot.

The hit-and-run incident happened recently at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. CCTV footage shows model v4 robot, called Promobot, making its way to a display both on Monday when a Tesla Model S passes by and runs it over.

The Russian company behind Promobot later called out Elon Musk over the alleged robocide.

According to spokesperson Oleg Kivokurtsev, the damage to Promobot is beyond repair.

“Of course we are vexed. We brought this robot here from Philadelphia to participate at CES,” he said. “Now it neither cannot [sic] participate in the event not [sic] to be recovered. We will conduct an internal investigation and find out why the robot went to the roadway.”

But here’s a plot twist: Some are saying that this was all a setup!

Several media outlets claim that this is just another PR stunt for Promobot. Fred Lambert from Electrek wrote:

“Look at that video. It conveniently starts with the crash and doesn’t show how the robot got there, which the video angle would have been able to capture.”

Three years ago, the same robot ran into traffic, seemingly running away from its human captors. Many, however, became suspicious after noticing it was blaring out promotional messages during the chase.

What do you think? Is this a case of robocide or a sneaky ploy by the Russians?

Via Geekologie